ALLURE: Your character, Angela Vaughn, has a hair-care enterprise referred to as Eve’s Crown. As somebody who has proudly been pure hair by your whole profession within the public eye, I’m wondering if that was one thing that was interesting to you in taking up this character?
YAYA DACOSTA: Oh, yeah. My love for hair and pure hair care began as a baby and was actually solidified once I went away to boarding college at 13. I turned my very own hairdresser, in addition to [the campus stylist] as a result of we had been in the midst of nowhere in Massachusetts, and there was nowhere for us to go.
Sure individuals knew the way to do hair; I might do it out of my dorm room. I at all times had my very own hair completed, and it was very expressive. I might remember to full all my homework after which work on a brand new coiffure for the subsequent day. I believe freshman yr, in humanities class on the finish, they offer everyone superlatives, and mine was “most hairstyles ever seen in a single yr.”
Hair is unquestionably one thing that I’ve liked my entire life. As I acquired older and began performing, I began working with Chioma Valcourt. I at all times go to her to arrange me for my roles. She does my weaves, my hair items and extensions, numerous pink carpets — she’s my behind-the-scenes secret weapon and I present up on set nearly prepared.
This present was my alternative to say to her, “Hey, would you want to really work on the set of this huge venture?” For each of us, it was a chance to do what we have at all times completed, which is play, take dangers in the case of new kinds, and be daring and expressive, however on a bigger scale. I do not know that we have seen a personality have this a lot enjoyable with pure hair on tv, actually. It is among the issues that attracted me to the position.
ALLURE: There’s one second in an episode the place you are speaking to Morris Chestnut’s character, Raymond Dupont, and also you point out that “A Black lady’s relationship together with her hair is generational. It is private, and it is much more than sizzling proper now.” Do you are feeling there are any parallels to the evolving dialog about “acceptable” methods for Black girls to fashion ourselves proper now?